WFAO World Amateur Orchestra Festival in Milan 2015

We are delighted to be able to invite youth and adult amateur musicians to WFAO World Amateur Orchestra Festival in Milan from September 16th to September 21st 2015. We have an exciting program to offer, and our cooporation with the MiTo Settembre Musica will give us and the participants great days in Milan. Read on to find more information, and the application form link.

General information

By decision of the Board of the WFAO (World Federation of Amateur Orchestras) the 2015 World Amateur Orchestra Festival will take place from September 16th to September 21st 2015 in Milan. Arrival on September 16th is recommended. Departure on September 21st. The rehearsals begin the morning on the 17th, and the last concert is on the evening the 20th. See the schedule for detailed information. WFAO Festival 2015 is a co-production of WFAO and AIMA (Associazione Italiana Musicisti Amatori).

We welcome you to Milan!

1. General Information

1.1. Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition taking place in Milan from May 1 until October 31, 2015. WFAO is extremely proud to be a partner to the cultural offerings of Milan in 2015, contributing to the “Italian capital of music” – home to the famous Italian Conservatorio di Musica and the Teatro alla Scala.

1.2. Registration. The WFAO Festival 2015 is open to amateur musicians of all ages who are current members of WFAO, either individually or through their respective national orchestra association. The participation fee is € 90, which includes all musical activities and social events. To apply, follow this link:

2. WFAO Festival 2015 structure

2.1. The musical program

Conductors: Mario Gioventù (Part I) and Joe Yamaji (Part II)
Concertmaster: Elena Ponzoni
First Part (conductor: Mario Gioventù):
– G. Puccini, Capriccio Sinfonico
– G. Puccini: Arias for Soprano from Tosca, Boheme, Madama Butterfly
Second Part (conductor: Joe Yamaji)
– J. Sibelius, “The Swan of Tuonela,” legend from “Lemminkäinen” Suite, Op.22
– C. Nielsen, Symphony No. 3, “Sinfonia espansiva” Op. 27, FS60

2.2. Venues
a) Concert performance will be held in Conservatorio di Milano G. Verdi concert hall.
b) Rehearsals will be held in Conservatiorio concert hall and in Teatro Sala Fontana.

2.3. The participants

Young and adult amateur musicians who are current members of WFAO via their national orchestra association or individually are welcome.

3. Logistics

3.1. Travel to Milan

Travel expenses to and from Milan are not included in the registration fee. The central meeting point for the festival is the Teatro Sala Fontana – Via Boltraffio 21 – Milano.
– by air at the airports of Malpensa, Linate and Orio e Serio/Bergamo
– by train via San Gottardo or Simplon (Switzerland) and Milano Centrale or Brenner (Austria)
– by bus/car

3.2. Accommodation and meals are at the discretion of each individual participant. WFAO will be glad to provide you with a list of recommended hotels and restaurants within each budget.

3.3. Meals are at the participants’ discretion.

3.4. Local transportation

Public transportation is very efficient and distances between rehearsal rooms, hotel and concert hall are not very far. Local shuttle service and the rent of bicycles (limited number available) are optional, not included in the participation fee.

4. Costs

Basic participation fee is € 90 per person covering
– all musical activities including scores and parts
– final party

5. Other

5.1 Instrument rental: large instruments such as double bass, timpani and percussion are made available by WFAO Festival 2015 management. All other instrumentalists, including cello players, are recommended to bring personal instruments. A limited number of rental celli can be made available by special request. Please inquire for details and pricing.

5.2. Optional sightseeing tours can be arranged at the participant’s request. Please inquire for more details and pricing. The organizers are very much looking forward meeting you in the charming and exciting City of Milano.

Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us at


6 Replies to “WFAO World Amateur Orchestra Festival in Milan 2015”

  1. Hallo, I’m a double bass player in Milan. How is it possible to take part of the concert in Milan?

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